My dad is 6'4" so it stands to reason that his kids would end up fairly tall as well.
But as of my 9th grade this wasn't the case. Sure my sister was a bit taller than average for a girl, but my older brother was shorter than average - and I was just plain average.
But then something changed big time. Almost to the day I started the summer vacation after 9th grade my body started changing. Suddenly I couldn't eat enough, I was tired all.the.time. and I was bursting out of my pants like Bruce Banner on a bad day. Except of course instead of looking like the Incredible Hulk I looked more like Alfalfa, but that's not the point.
The point is, I grew a full 6 inches that summer and my body was taking a beating.
Sometime around mid summer I began to wake up in the middle of the night with severe calf cramps and as I would lie there screaming in pain, my loving mom would come rushing into my bedroom to help work them out. God bless her for that.
But instead of enjoying my newfound height, I felt like a freak. Like a human giraffe. Ironically it was only a year later that John Merrick cried out in angst: "I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!" I know of which he spoke.
So why am I telling you this story?
Because now that Charli is working every day and not waking the kids up in the morning, THIS is what I come home to at lunch time.
Yes, Austin is doing the same thing - minus the leg cramps (so far). He eats like a horse, and just like I did, sleeps about 12 hours a night. And he's sprouting like a weed too. I know this because I'm one of those dorky parents who keeps growth measurements on the closet door frame - and since May, he has been growing at the rate of one inch per month.
Still, even though I'm sympathetic to his plight, I can't resist teasing him.
Today when I went into the living room at lunch time to wake him up for the day I pulled the blanket off of him and said... "Hey slug, time to get your butt up and get ready for work. And try not to leave a trail of slime when you do."
He didn't laugh.
I don't think he gets me.
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